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One of these 7 cars will be named Motor Authority’s Best Car to Buy in 2023


As the transition to electrification continues, some automakers are looking to the future while others are looking to the past for ultimate success. These trends are evident in this year’s season finalists for the Automotive Authority’s 2023 Best Buy Car Awards.

Last year marked the first time for our award. A beautifully designed electric pickup from a start-up automaker came to the fore as the Rivian R1T earned Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2022 honour. Clean airalso an electric car and also from a startup, was the runner-up.

After driving nearly 30 new or significantly updated luxury and high-performance cars, trucks and SUVs, we’ve narrowed the 2023 nominations down to just seven contenders. We fought to get there, and fought even more to determine the winner.

We will announce winners on January 4, 2023, along with winners from our sister sites, The Car Connection and Green Car Reports.

Until then, here are the seven finalists for the Automotive Authority’s 2023 Best Car to Buy Award.

Acura Integra 2023

Acura Integra 2023

Built-in Acura

The Acura Integra is proud to return in 2022. Previewed a year before the return of the trapdoor in prototype formThe compact hatch is made on the promise of recapture magic of glory days. Based on the platform of the Civic Si, the Integra goes a step further with the availability of adaptive dampers, a better sound system and of course a hatchback body style. It’s a pity that the manual transmission is isolated for the top-spec model.

2022 Audi R3

2022 Audi R3

audiRS3

Audi RS 3 is back with turbo-5 power and trackability. The RS 3’s mission is to please the driver and stir the soul, and it feels like house on the track. The all-wheel drive system has become more sophisticated and essentially provides drift mode thanks to a trick rear differential with torque adjustment. Odd, staggered tires with larger rubbers up front. It’s also legally fast, with a 0-60 mph sprint in 3.6 seconds. Sure, there’s a bit of turbo lag, but that’s part of the car’s character. But at over $60,000 for most configurations, it’s pricey in a timeline of fast and fun cars for less money.

2023 Cadillac Lyriq

2023 Cadillac Lyriq

Cadillac lyriq

Cadillac Lyriq arranges automaker with its battery-powered future. It could also mark a turning point that proves GM’s luxury division is finally ready to chart its own path. Rather than go after the Germans, the Lyriq established its own style with impressive styling, Cadillac’s signature tank-free interior, and exemplary handling and handling. While initially price $62,990 It’s come and gone — it’ll cost more than $70,000 if ordered now — it’s still worth it. This is the first mass market app of Ultium platformand it bodes well for future GM EVs.

Ford Bronco Raptor 2022

Ford Bronco Raptor 2022

Ford Bronco Raptor

The Ford Bronco Raptor made it to the final round because it is one of the most quirky and fun vehicles money can buy. It is a Legal Tonka trucks on the street with crazy specs, including 418 horsepower, 13.0-inch ground clearance, 13.0-inch and 14-inch front suspension travel and 37-inch all-terrain tires. It also costs less than the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392, though that beast adds two more cylinders and 57 horsepower.

2023 Honda Civic Type R at Sonoma Track

2023 Honda Civic Type R at Sonoma Track

CHEAP Honda Civic

Can we have a repeat winner in our hands? Honda Civic Type R is named Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2018 when the last generation model appeared. Now the new Type R is here and it growing up but still having fun. The latest version of the legendary hot hatch register with 315 hp, better cooling and revised gearbox. Sure, it still has big wings, but it Bigger, Smarter and Faster than before. Danger has been established a front-wheel drive lap record at Suzuka. Price $43,990that’s not the bargain it used to be, and our last two contenders cost less.

Hyundai Kona 2022

Hyundai Kona 2022

Hyundai Kona WOMEN

The The Hyundai Veloster N is dead and we mourn its loss after it was almost won The Best Car to Buy Award in 2020but now we get Hyundai Kona N 35,995 USD. The slightly raised hot hatch pops into the scene with the same turbo-4 engine layout and front-wheel drive that’s noisier but a bit more pragmatic. Kona N go beyond the hot hatch for the wild child with loud pops and bangs and sharp dynamics. But its higher seating position is detrimental to track and canyon driving, and driving is harsh.

Toyota GR Corolla Morizo ​​Edition 2023

Toyota GR Corolla Morizo ​​Edition 2023

Toyota GR Corolla

Who would have thought we’d see the day Toyota turns the Corolla into a hot hatchback, but here we are with the GR Corolla. Toyota’s Gazoo Racing division installed a Turbo-3 300 hp, 6-speed manual and all-wheel drive to make Corolla happy. The hot feisty bloom starting at $36,995, but the version that enthusiasts want costs just over $40,000 thanks to an optional front and rear limited-slip differential. It’s an expensive Corolla, and it’s still budget class inside, but it has the willpower to support its attitude and price tag.

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